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for the united states or candidate for president, you don't want to be laughed at. so this is a great way to put a point on something that these last swing voters weren't so aware of. but they'll process it and they'll process it as a trust issue, and they'll process it as he's out of the main stream, and that's why he is switching his positions. >> jennifer: yeah, i love it too. i love that it becomes part of the social media universe as well.% let's go to the polls because romney holds the lead in national polls, and president obama is holding it in the states. do you think the election ends up shaping up to be something like gore v bush potentially all over again where the electoral college and the popular vote may split? >> i think it could. romney is very, very strong in the south. he is going to roar out of the south are very very substantial margins, which could give him the popular vote but he isn't very popular in the swing states. if you are a state that hasn't seen very much advertising, and you don't realize the argument against romney you are forming
race that you are proud of being president of the united states i applaud colin for standing with him. >> i struggled with it for a long time, but i came to realize that life is a gift from god, and even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape it is something that god intended to happen. >> if barack obama opens up and gives his college records and applications, and if he gives his pass port applications and records, i will give to a charity of his choice a check, immediately, for $5 million. >> jennifer: i'm just saying. you know what really bugs me about the comments in the context of the presidential race? these guys are all tightly connected to mitt romney. john sununu is an active romney surrogate as he basically says that colin powell endorsed president obama because he is black. donald trump, you know he has been doing robo calls and endorsements for mitt romney. despite the fact that these guys are supporters and allies mitt romney has not personally refuted a single one of their offensive statements. he has actually been running from the me
of the constitution of the united states and bill of rights and clearly so. >> jennifer: something about that language that is fantastic. how important were the debates prior to the television era? >> well, it is a great question. it was one where you played the lincoln/douglas debates. we all talk about that. really from 1858 until 1960, john f. kennedy versus richard nixon, debates didn't play that big a role in presidential campaigns. there were no presidential debates. but you did have in primaries occasionally, squareoffs going on. interesting to even think about stats from minnesota rarely run for president -- stacken ran for president every four years. kennedy/nixon was the game changer in debate history. people that listened to it thought nixon won on radio but on television, john f. kennedy won. nobody was that happy with the debates. we had no debates in '64 '68 '72. came back in 1976 when jimmy carter ended up doing well because of gerald ford's famous gaffe. that's the big question. can you become gaffe-fr
can't blame the president of the united states for what is happening in -- in syria. so somehow or another they are trying to take this one incident, where a group that had as much ties to al-qaeda as your local gas station does to bp headquarterers. so this is al-qaeda. no. they want to understood mine the narrative that obama has gotten the key leadership of al-qaeda. but they are not a threat to the united states anymore. they are local groups. >> jennifer: so fascinating. thank you so much for enlightening us as to what really happened. >> thank you very much for having me. >> jennifer: you bet. we already have a shrine to mitt's flips inside of "the war room." i think we have to build a barrel. so how is ryan's malarkey? we'll get our shovels next right here in "the war room." presidential debate. with unrivaled analysis and commentary. >> was this the game changer? is this going to change the dynamic? (vo) the only network with real-time reaction straight from the campaigns and from viewers like you. >>now that's politically direct. >> look these guys haven't
're not going to use the tax code of the united states of america to allow these companies to outsource jobs, ship them overseas. then they get to take tax deductions and tax breaks on their plant equipment workers. we the taxpayers are basically subsidizing the outsourcing of our jobs from america. this is wrong. >> jennifer: governor quinn in that clip is standing in front of the plant in freeport, illinois. it may be wrong but senate republicans supported the problem by blocking the bill in a 56-42 vote. joining me now from chicago is the governor of the great state of illinois, pat quinn. governor i'm so glad that you're with me here in "the war room." >> good to see you. you're looking good. we miss you in the midwest. you're a great governor of michigan, and you're doing a great job now. >> jennifer: oh, i miss the great lakes. anyway i could wax on but let me continue on this. how desperate is the situation of freeport? >> well, i think anybody who is a worker and who was raised in a family is sympathetic to the workers. there are 170 good men and women, many of them who have worked t
is it like for you to hear the president of the united states call your dad a liar? how do you react to that? >> well, jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him but you know you can't do that because well, first because there's a lot of secret service between you and him but it is the nature of the process. >> how's that for romney family values. yes, that was tagg romney, two gs, the eldest son of mitt romney threatening to take a swing at president obama. there's so much wrong with this. it is incredible. first, as a mormon in good standing with his church, shouldn't tagg turn the other cheek? and second, according to united states code title 18 section 87, i know you have it at your fingertips it says it is a felony to threaten the president with bodily harm yet tagg romney roams free today terrorizing presidents and l.l. bean catalogs all around the world. what bothers me most about his bone-headed comment is its blatant hypocrisy. a day doesn't go by without the romney ca
feel good about what he has done as president of the united states, what his vision for the future of the country is, and as much as i hate to say it, because i hate negative ads, but we know that they work. and we spoke after the convenings, there is a stark difference in how the democrats view the places of women, african-americans, hispanics from what we have seen from the republican party and i think the president is going to have to hit home on that. we needs everyone who voted for him in 2008 to come out in 2012. >> jennifer: absolutely. the gallup poll showed president obama under mitt romney. how do they come back after a such a large gap? >> that 72% likely seems large, but those numbers are often dictated by the spin that comes after a debate performance, so it's probably a little bit artificially high for those who saw the debate. that being said i think the president needs to get back into the driver's seat. it has really only been the last several months that we has taken off in a position of strong play. he needs to give the base a reason to be exc
understanding of what it really takes to run a city in the united states of america, and quite frankly regardless of whether or not that mayor happens to be a democrat republican or independent. cities are the incubators of innovation. they are responsible for about 90% of the gross domestic product of the united states of america. and either of these guys have any idea what it takes to run a city, and in many instances have any idea what they are talking about. >> jennifer: i feel like in some ways cities end up being scapegoated or code language the urban poor the new welfare queens. do you have a sense of that? >> it's clear to me that mitt romney and paul ryan seek to actually create as much divisiveness in this election season as possible. constantly pitting one group against the other, playing people off on each other. that's what the whole 47% discussion that mitt romney was talking about. he was with obviously people he was comfortable with. he was talking the way he probably talks more in private anyway, and has written off half of the country. yet at t
. >> it says that we're not going to use the tax code in the united states of america to allow these companies to outsource jobs ship them overseas, and then they get to take tax deductions tax breaks on their plant, their equipment, their workers. we the taxpayers are basicallyic subsidizing the outsourcing of our jobs from america. >> jennifer: it may be wrong, but senate republicans supported the probably blocking the bill in a 56-42 vote. joining me from chicago is governor pat quinn. thank you for joining us in "the war room." >> good to see you have. you are looking good. >> jennifer: well, thank you. >> and we miss you in the midwest. >> jennifer: i miss the great lakes. any way, i would wax on but considering today's arrests pat, how desperate is the situation in freeport? >> i think anybody who is working and raising a family is sympathetic to the people of sensata. i know doth turner started there when she was 17 or 18 years old, she is 61 and they are forced to train the chinese workers who will take their jobs. and i feel the people of freeport, il
the election about the killings of the united states ambassador to libya, christopher stevens and other americans. the republicans have not let up on this issue. and the latest comes from fox news today which cited unnamed sources saying cia sources were told stand down. and here is the reaction from the fox panel on "the five." >> this administration is becoming the world's largest clown car with this many jack asses that could run tours of the grand canyon. >> i want to know if leon panetta was the one that said standown. >> did he really need an intelligence assessment to know that a post gadhafi situation wasn't dangerous. >> jennifer: joining us now is ethan chorin. in 2004 ethan was one of the first american diplomats to reestablish relations with tiply. his latest book "exit the colonel: the hidden history of the libyan revolution" was released this week. welcome inside "the war room." >> thanks for having me. >> jennifer: you have such an intense experience in libya, i'm wondering what is the biggest misconception about libya that you have heard in this e
a way to do it. that's particularly true in the united states armed forces. you know one of governor romney's close defense advisers is former navy secretary john lehman. he was ronald reagan's navy secretary. he coined the phrase "600 ship navy" and we never quite got there but he took every penny he could get to build more bottoms. so you know, governor romney's being fed ideas that are old ideas. not new ideas. and i think this is the general criticism that i hope the american people will understand it. when the president said he has a foreign policy from the 1980s a social policy of the 1950s and an economic policy from the 1920s, i think the president hit that right out of the park because that's actually what the romney campaign message has consisted of. >> jennifer: i totally agree. i loved that line. it was fantastic. of course, there was an awful lot of discussion, of course, on foreign policy. and both candidates pledged to remove troops from afghanistan by 2014. but i'm curious this is somethi
ties with richard mourdock. >> richard mourdock is the nominee for the united states senate in indiana. the campaign were very clear that governor romney doesn't agree with the ideas put forth by richard mourdock. but when you were governor, i would assume that every member of the legislature did not agree with what you did. so there are varying degrees of disagreement, but the question becomes even though you may have a disagreement as you did in the broadcast with chris lahane you still welcomed his political intelligence. >> jennifer: i agree on some but there are some things that are damaging to a candidate who is trying to woo women. and romney has not come out in favor of todd akin. so, you know, i'm -- and i don't know where do you are on this j.d. -- i don't know if you think there should be an exception or not. but republicans are in this weird position which is if they were successful in passing an abortion ban, how -- how -- what would you say? how would the party decide what the penalty is for getting an abortion. is it something that the wom
. that would make it one of the costliest natural disasters on record in the united states. according to the forecasting firm ihs global insight. that's in part because of the sheer size of this storm. its impacts were felt across the entire east coast and then in parts of the midwest as well. airports across the region are still closed. tens of thousands of passengers stranded. up north in portland, maine wind gusts reached more than 60 miles per hour. that forced officials there to close the port. then further south the storm brought blizzard conditions to parts of appalachia, more than two feet of snow blanketed some parts of west virginia. and a snowstorm in western maryland was so severe that it caused a pileup of tractor trailers there. but there is a small ray of light, despite flooding, despite power outages and mass transit closures. the new york city marathon is still set to go on as scheduled this sunday. for more on what's happening on the ground in new york i welcome back into "the war room" my current tv
two u.s. senators, at least one congressman and at least the president of the united states. so for people to believe that politics doesn't play a role or at least politics isn't on the minds of politicians is just being naive. >> cenk: so if that's the case, why did the bush administration screw it up so badly. do you also acknowledge -- you were the former fema director at the time, d'oh but do you acknowledge there were mistakes made and if so, you know, why get something so monumentally important politically let alone policywise wrong in that case? >> well, because i think there were political miscalculations during katrina and there were actual -- how would i describe it? there were actual leadership problems during katrina. remember, a president can't evacuate a city. only a governor or a mayor can do that. i think the failure of mayor to evacuate the city -- he admitted this. the failure to do it earlier is what caused the big problems and politically -- i'm give you an example of a political mistake
of aiming at the united states. and we can either wait for that threat to emerge and develop and come right at us or we can take them out in an effective way minimum risk. >> jennifer: without risking american lives too. that's the thing. >> it works. >> jennifer: 21st century tool. all right. one last quick question for you before we sign off here. former secretary of state colin powell endorsed the president in 2008 but he has not endorsed him yet in his re-election. do you think he's going to endorse him? >> oh, gosh, i couldn't predict that. >> jennifer: i was hoping you would give me an inside scoop. >> i haven't talked to general powell about it. general powell is a republican. he's an african-american. he's been a tremendous military leader and a great symbol and great personality and leader in this country. he is a friend i tremendously admire him. >> jennifer: hurry up and persuade him general clark. call him up and say now is the time. >> when it is all said and done, jennifer, colin powell is one vote.
maybe in the abstract, relevance about global poverty and what the united states can do to be a light to the rest of the world. as far as specific policies and how to deal with climate change or poverty here in the united states, i don't think you're going to hear a thing unfortunately. >> you know, a couple of things on what you just said, david. the first part of which is these are issues that poll well. gay marriage polls well, they say. climate change polls well. seems like a no lose situation to bring climate change up for a democrat and i think to gay marriage. i want to ask you about that and why they avoid that and i also want to talk to you about next week's debate. i feel like the president is going to get asked about libya in a way he wasn't challenged on. he won the libya talk the other day but romney is going to come out on libya pretty hard i would imagine on monday. >> a couple of things. first on climate change and gay marriage, gay rights, for example. it is wise for the president for de
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